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#5934961 - 09/18/15 01:21 PM Varmint zapping feeder guard
Rifleman1775 Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 08/25/14
Posts: 46
Anybody ever made their own varmint zapper to go on their feeder(s)?! I've heard of others making their own, but none of them give any details of how they did it. Looks like most use fence energizers, but I wanted to know how they went about wiring it up.

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#5941633 - 09/22/15 07:17 PM Re: Varmint zapping feeder guard [Re: Rifleman1775]
hoof n wings Offline
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Registered: 05/03/10
Posts: 12690
Loc: Arlington/Brownwood
Academy has one that runs(6v) off the feeder battery. I was thinking of one till I thought coons would have to eat a lot of corn to get to $25
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#5941700 - 09/22/15 07:46 PM Re: Varmint zapping feeder guard [Re: Rifleman1775]
06roadglide Offline
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Registered: 12/18/11
Posts: 13
If you have coons you have already spent $25 .
Switched to stand and fill feeders and it is amazing the amount of corn I was losing due to wind and coons. I very seldom see coons on my cameras anymore. Before I had more coons than deer. Coons can waste more corn than you realize.

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#5942014 - 09/22/15 10:54 PM Re: Varmint zapping feeder guard [Re: 06roadglide]
Rifleman1775 Offline
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Registered: 08/25/14
Posts: 46
Originally Posted By: 06roadglide
If you have coons you have already spent $25 .
Switched to stand and fill feeders and it is amazing the amount of corn I was losing due to wind and coons. I very seldom see coons on my cameras anymore. Before I had more coons than deer. Coons can waste more corn than you realize.

^^^+1. I've seen the one that Academy has. It is by American Hunter and is made to plug and play for their feeders. I just wonder if they can be modified to work on other feeders if the plugs are cut off. Seems like a no brainer but with my luck, I hate to throw away $25 without hearing from someone that may have already made one work.

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#5942611 - 09/23/15 10:58 AM Re: Varmint zapping feeder guard [Re: Rifleman1775]
bornforit Offline
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Registered: 12/11/06
Posts: 262
Loc: Longview, Tx
We have them on our feeders. Now the feeder motor is the American Hunter brand so its a simple plug up. I can tell you, under no circumstances do you want to touch the wire. Man it hurts. I can also tell you in the instructions it recommends getting the solar panel bc the battery life will go way down. Suggested to change every 30 days.

I don't remember what the wires going into it and out looked like. I can look the next time out.

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#5943400 - 09/23/15 07:28 PM Re: Varmint zapping feeder guard [Re: Rifleman1775]
Rifleman1775 Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 08/25/14
Posts: 46
My feeder is not an American Hunter brand. I'd have to cut off the plugs and use alligator clips or something else to attach it. looks like a hot and neg wire for the battery are on one side, and two wires going to the 'shock' wire on the other side. I just need to figure out how to wire up these two wires to the 'shock' wire. Guess try it one way and if it doesn't work, just reverse the two and try it again. I need a test subject to touch that sucker though.

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#5943464 - 09/23/15 08:18 PM Re: Varmint zapping feeder guard [Re: Rifleman1775]
Dalee7892 Online   content
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Registered: 05/04/15
Posts: 974
Loc: Denton County
Why not use 4" PVC 5' long on the legs? The coons can NOT grasp around the PVC or the squirrels.
I have used this four several years. The first time I put them on I watched the squirrels go from one leg to another trying to climb or even jump then they would sit down and just look at the legs.
The coons would leave mud about two feet up the legs, went out one night to watch and they would try just like the squirrels, wish had a NV camera.
Anyways NO more corn lost to jungle Jim coons and squirrels .

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#5945260 - 09/24/15 08:13 PM Re: Varmint zapping feeder guard [Re: Dalee7892]
Rifleman1775 Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 08/25/14
Posts: 46
Originally Posted By: Dalee7892
Why not use 4" PVC 5' long on the legs? The coons can NOT grasp around the PVC or the squirrels.

I heard of this method but also heard that they eventually figure out how to overcome the pvc. How do i attach it to the feeder to keep it off the ground? single bolt through the legs for the pvc to rest on?

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#5945484 - 09/24/15 10:17 PM Re: Varmint zapping feeder guard [Re: Rifleman1775]
CharlieCTx Offline
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Registered: 05/27/13
Posts: 774
Loc: Flower Mound, TX
You fasten the pvc at the top of the leg with a section of rope/cable/chain so that it rotates around the leg.

Charlie

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#5945603 - 09/25/15 12:53 AM Re: Varmint zapping feeder guard [Re: Rifleman1775]
Rifleman1775 Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 08/25/14
Posts: 46
Forgive my ignorance but, how do I fasten it with rope/chain/cable and it still be able to rotate?

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#5947381 - 09/26/15 07:15 AM Re: Varmint zapping feeder guard [Re: Rifleman1775]
Dalee7892 Online   content
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Registered: 05/04/15
Posts: 974
Loc: Denton County
I never fasten them to the legs, just let the PVC set on the ground loose. Why would you need to fasten to the legs the PVC slides over the legs, they are loose and will rotate.
I used this on the spin type feeder and the gravity type.

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#5949239 - 09/27/15 04:58 PM Re: Varmint zapping feeder guard [Re: 06roadglide]
hoof n wings Offline
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Registered: 05/03/10
Posts: 12690
Loc: Arlington/Brownwood
Not necessarily......
Originally Posted By: 06roadglide
If you have coons you have already spent $25 .
Switched to stand and fill feeders and it is amazing the amount of corn I was losing due to wind and coons. I very seldom see coons on my cameras anymore. Before I had more coons than deer. Coons can waste more corn than you realize.
_________________________
Originally Posted By: ImTheReasonDovesMourn
I'd ask him if he's pregnant. He missed a s__tload of periods.

Originally Posted By: Hancock
I'll take "things that look like a uterus" for $200 Alex.

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#5992319 - 10/24/15 05:06 PM Re: Varmint zapping feeder guard [Re: Rifleman1775]
Wilhunt Offline
Veteran Tracker

Registered: 07/26/13
Posts: 2309
Loc: New Braunfels, San Saba county
Buy a eliminator spinner plate $39. and that will solve your coon problem. Spinteck has one for $19. but I have not used it.

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#6004450 - 11/01/15 08:42 AM Re: Varmint zapping feeder guard [Re: Wilhunt]
easton1025 Offline
Veteran Tracker

Registered: 09/02/04
Posts: 2603
Loc: carrollton texas
we silicone carpet tack strips on each leg 3 ft long on 2 sides..havnt had a coon climb it yet...we cut the strips at camp...

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#6107609 - 12/29/15 06:41 AM Re: Varmint zapping feeder guard [Re: Rifleman1775]
Loanman Offline
Tracker

Registered: 04/27/10
Posts: 538
Loc: Keller Texas
Cabelas has some strips that you screw into legs that look like carpet tacks, but they are all metal, haven't seen a coon hanging on a feeder since....cost $10 for 3....no brainer.

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